Tikiman the Forest Defender is in trouble. Hordes of monsters are sweeping through his realm, hoping to chow down on his offspring – and it’s up to you to defend them. By placing weapon towers at strategic points around the landscape, you can destroy the invaders and save the little ones.
User reviews: Very Positive (219 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 26, 2013
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"A charming and accessible tower defence."

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A pleasant surprise
88% – NZ Gamer

...fun game for veterans and newcomers to the genre”
90% – Gaming Nexus

“I alone have danced through colored flags.”
91% – Gaming Age

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About This Game

Tikiman the Forest Defender is in trouble. Hordes of monsters are sweeping through his realm, hoping to chow down on his offspring – and it’s up to you to defend them.

By placing weapon towers at strategic points around the landscape, you can destroy the invaders and save the little ones. Collect treasure along the way to build up your arsenal and pay for new towers – countless waves of monsters are out to get the Tiki babies, so you need to be prepared to fight hard!

Key Features

  • Play four game modes: Single player campaign, local co-op play, online co-op, and a host of additional challenges.
  • Play Together: Local and online co-op will have you sharing your machine or playing with your friend over the net for a shared memorable experience. Online leaderboards show you how you stack up against your friends and everyone else in the world!
  • Tikiman will travel across three distinct islands, spanning 47 unique environments to protect his offspring from clever monsters that attack by land and air. He’s going to use every tower in his arsenal to protect them: Arrow Towers, Cannon Towers, Anti-Air Towers, Ice Towers, Laser Towers, Fire Towers, Tesla Towers, Mortar Towers, special power ups and more!
  • There is also the mysterious Tum-Tum island, that randomly generates levels for near infinite replayability!
  • This amounts to literally hundreds of hours of game play, all set to an awesome soundtrack to keep you in the zone!
  • We have also included unlockable content including concept art, music videos, sound tracks and more!
  • For Steam we have created over 20 brand new achievements, giving the game 52 in total for you to unlock! Not to mention trading cards and badges!

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: 1.5Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 Compliant Graphics Device
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.2Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 Dedicated Graphics Device
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: XAudio 2-Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    • Processor: 1.5Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 256MB or better
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 2.2Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 256MB or better
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (if using Ubuntu)
    • Processor: 1.5Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 with Framebuffer support
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Glibc version 2.15
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.04 (if using Ubuntu)
    • Processor: 2.2Gz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2 with Framebuffer support
    • Hard Drive: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Glibc version 2.15
Helpful customer reviews
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
I recommend this game, and here is why.


PixelJunk™ (don't forget the ™, it's important) Monsters is a Tower Defense game, with unique twists of its own. Having to base off the fact that you can only build towers depending on the layout of the course makes for varying plans to prepare for the next wave. Purchasing new special towers each mission that do not forward to the next creates choices that as a player, or two, will have to make in order to protect the Tiki-men from waves of monsters with various attributes. Not just monsters who can fly, but even monsters that are resistant to fire damage or monsters that move faster but are even more vulnerable to slows when hit.

The learning curve is well received by new and experienced players. Trial and error is less punishing until playing on the later and harder stages. WIth the addition of new towers and an island in the Ultimate mini-expansion, players who had the console version will find only a few reasons to go back to the game sadly.

It's also multiplayer enabled, I had a satisfying time playing with my friend online, Speaking of which, there is nobody playing this online. It is justifiable, a game like this should not be enjoyed with just the public, having a friend to think through every single mission makes the game not feel repetitive some of the time. Another plus is the RNG area which generate random stages based on algorithm outside the quests by inputting a 5 digit code. (like minecraft's seed)

Overall, I recommend this game but only to players who are looking forward to a Tower Defense game that plays different.

To those that had played before, please put a second thought to this. This game came out a little less than 7 years ago, but the art style is truly of this date. Mechanics are still familiar, and with new towers it might bring you back to try new techniques to overcome the same or new missions. It may just be Monsters, but it is still the one you know and love.

Also, 1080p!! (Like that matters)
Posted: October 9
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
This game is way too immersive. I did not expect this. Really good on the vita.
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Classic Playstation 3 game coming to Steam...

If you had played this on console, then nothing more to add; if you don't know whether it's a good tower defense or not, then by all means, DO make it an addition to your library! A fantastic TD that will provide relaxation with soothing music and solid mechanics.

Posted: October 15
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
I love this game so much am high on it. Am not that crazy about steam games but this one is just awesome! Where do I even start, it is cute, fun, easy mechanics but a challenge after a few levels. I love how it is always a new experience and how easily you lose yourself in the game after playing it for 5mins. You have to move, think, build, upgrade, destroy and collect coins fast. So if you want a fun co-op game or single player this is one of the most entertaining games on steam.

Posted: June 5
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
This is a classic Tower Defense game that every fan of the genre should own! It has 2-player co-op and plenty of levels and challenges. The dancing mechanic to slowly upgrade towers and finding random goodies in trees will constantly keep you busy. Me and my girlfriend put many dozens of hours into the original PS3 version and PSP version (which I believe this Steam version is based off of). The cartoony art style is wonderfully done and sounds are memorable. This was the first PixelJunk game I owned and it led me to try their future IP's.
Posted: July 2
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Really nice game, worth every penny and best playable with gamepad.
Posted: June 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This game is boring.

It is not a normal tower-defense game but you have to control one unit and build different towers out of trees.
The lanes where the monsters spawn are not always visible and clear to the player, so you have to restart several levels again and again once you know where the enemies walk and fly.

You get money for killing enemies but you don't get it right away. You have to collect it with your building guy. This is terrible because you are not allowed to be in the way of the monsters or else you lose coins and you are stuck for a few seconds. How am I supposed to collect coins and eggs when there are monsters?
The building guy is also very, very slow. This makes the levels even more difficult. Most of the time you don't have time to build or upgrade towers because you run around on the map and collect coins and eggs - which despawn quite fast if you don't collect them.

I mentioned coins for building towers, but there are eggs as well. With them you can upgrade towers or buy new kinds of towers. The upgrades are increasing in cost (1 egg, then 2 and 3). The cost is okay but the new towers are way to expensive. The most expensive mortar tower costs 15 eggs; too much because the upgrades are more important.

The maps are bad designed. Apart from not being able to distinct which paths the mosters go, sometimes the monsters take a path exactly at the edge of the range of the towers. Most time you have to restart the levels because the range of the towers is too low even when places exactly where you think it should be placed. Upgrading the range is only possible for one tower - the cheapest and worst one. Maybe the others upgrade as well but if so, then I didn't notice it.

You can upgrade the tower either with eggs directly on the tower or they gain experience by killing monsters. The experience gained is too low, so at most times you have to upgrade with eggs rather than saving them for more powerful towers. A nice touch is the dancing at towers: with your Builder you can stand near a tower and he begins to dance, slowly giving the tower experience to level up. Have I mentioned slowly? This is very slow and is only worthwhile if a tower is near leveling up and so giving it the last edge.

It is not possible to manually upgrade towers or the builder. At the end of some levels you are rewarded with an item that gives your builder a boost. (I only found one). Maybe there are further upgrades - but they are rare and don't have the impact you'd expect from an upgrade.

I cannot recommend this game. I received it from GameStar (a German video game magazine) as a subscriber. This is not worth your money. Play a tower defense game at Kongregate and you have more fun.
Posted: July 12
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
yep
Posted: June 28
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
not a bad game, but theres nothing original to it. just another TD game.
Posted: July 20
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
It's an excellent looking game, but at it's heart it's a mediocre Tower Defence. If you like tower defence, by all means. But a game like Defence Grid does this much better.
Posted: July 24
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
26.6 hrs on record
One of the best tower defense games I've play! It puts a new meaning to the word "perfect".

Most tower defense games I find some what too easy. PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate puts a spin on things by making the monsters come from all different directions and the path they follow unpredictable, forcing the player to map the level carefully and place towers strategically. Not to mention that the game is full of great music and original characters.

The game can be difficult at times, but that's what makes it so engages!
Posted: July 3
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Zen Tower Defense.
Posted: May 22
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16 of 31 people (52%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
One of the worst Pixeljunk games and very weak tower defense. Painfully slow and tedious, with a plethora of small but really irritating problems (no way to see monsters paths which leads to trial-and-error gameplay, the tower areas indicators are useless, etc.). Got it on Humble Bundle and still feel ripped off. Get Kingdom Rush instead.
Posted: July 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
77.4 hrs on record
I recommend this game to anyone who likes puzzles, playing with friends, old school graphics, or old school sound effects (yet super modern catchy background music). Did I say play this if you like Co-op? Why yes, I did. This game can be hilarious and challenging in online 2 player mode. Best of fun. Although it can be frustrating, if you pull through it gives off a great sense of gratification. Anticipating what the next map looks like, its new music, and if there will be any new monsters or sneaky tricks kept me pushing through with satisfaction.
Posted: June 28
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
174.5 hrs on record
1 of my best games, addictive, nice music, lots of hours worth of gameplay.
Posted: July 12
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
53.0 hrs on record
Cute tower defence with enjoyable co-op. Easy to learn but takes patience to master.

I bought PJM for PS3 many years ago and it's easily one of the titles I've played the most on PS3, especially co-op. I instantly pre-ordered PJM Ultimate as soon as it was announced on Steam, mostly because of nostalgia. Even so, it has still managed to attract >50 hrs of playtime. The difficult lies not with completing a stage, but with what margins. I think this is a game you either love or hate. <3

A simple and good concept, well executed. High replayability, great value.
Posted: August 22
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
My experience with the game:
This is the best tower defense game, I've ever played.
I used to play it on PS3 (Encore version) and often co-op with friends and family.
Got it on sale for Steam for a price of 1.19€. TOTAL STEAL.

About the game:
Tower Defense game where you need to think ahead, and strategically plan your defense.

The good:
- Cute fluid gameplay, nice graphics, zen music, awesome towers, playable character.
- Each level has it's own gameplay feel to it.
- Various elements: buy, upgrade and sell towers in order to match incoming attacks.
- Can be hard and frustrating, but at a level where you just want to do better.
- In co-op you actually plan and work together.
- Good replay value.

The bad:
- None! Tell me, if you have any?

Verdict:
The game appeals to casual players and hardcore td fans alike.
If you like tower defense, even just strategy games, I can only say: BUY this game.
It is well worth it's original price.
Flawless Rainbow Victory - 10/10.
Posted: September 17
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
I Definitely like a building game. 9/10
Posted: July 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Great two-player co-op on this tower defense game. And SteamOS / Linux support! I really enjoy it :)
Posted: June 20
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
I spent countless hours on the PS3 version of this game. It's your standard tower defense game, with an emphasis on tower placement and tower upgrading. The best part of this game is the couch coop. Dancing on towers together is a lot of fun. 10/10 one of my favorite tower defense games.
Posted: June 22
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